What is International Working Animal Day?
SPANA’s annual International Working Animal Day sets to raise awareness about the vital role played by working animals in developing countries around the world.
Working animals – such as horses, donkeys, camels and elephants – are relied upon by over 600 million of the world’s poorest people for their livelihoods. More than 200 million working animals worldwide do the jobs of trucks, tractors and taxis and, by transporting goods and people, make it possible for impoverished families to earn a living.
Yet, 62 per cent of people in the UK don’t know what a working animal is and, despite their importance, these animals often lead short, hard lives, with tough working conditions, inadequate nutrition and no access to veterinary treatment.
SPANA believes that these animals deserve greater recognition. And, more importantly, they need our help.